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Master of Social Work [M.S.W]

 2 years
 full time
 on campus
 Course Based

Field of Study

$ 26,475 

1st Year

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Program Description

  • Master in Social Work at the University of Waterloo offers as a 2-years (4 sessions) program.
  • This program offered on a full-time or part-time basis also.
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) program offered through the School of Social Work at Renison University College, in collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.
  • This program provides students with knowledge and skills in advanced social work practice within a focus on:
    • health, and research/scholarship 
    • professional leadership, and
    • social work supervision
  • The students to faculty ration for this program are 24:1.
  • The average salary after this degree is 62,223 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Master
Duration2 years
Fees$ 56,340 for 2 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Nov 15)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students must have completed a minimum of 4 years Honours Bachelors degree or equivalent with an overall standing of 75% or more.
  • The completion of a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited Social Work program.
  • Minimum 75% grade point average (GPA) in the final two years of study (equivalent to last 20 half-credit courses).
  • All applicants must have passed specific university-level courses in Statistics and Research Methods.
  • Applicants will be required to list their Statistics and Research Methods courses as part of the application process.
  • International Applicants are required to provide proof that their international BSW qualification is equivalent to a Canadian BSW.
  • GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 [B Grade].

Indian Students Eligibility:

  • Students need to complete a 4 year UG degree in Social Work, Human Resource Management, from a recognized university or institute.
  • Standard XII English, a minimum final grade of 75%.
  • First or Second Division standing in one of the following:
    • All India Senior School Certificate awarded by CBSE
    • Indian School Certificate awarded by CISCE 
    • other pre-university certificate awarded after 12 years of academic studies

A GRE score is not required but is recommended for all international students applying to the program.

Required Document List

Followings are the required documents:

  • Official Transcripts: Students need to submit their copy of their original transcripts. Official transcripts are printed on security paper with the University of Waterloo seal and signature of the Registrar.
  • Statement of Interest: Statement of interest is one of the few ways to describe that faculty have to understand the student's motivation, the seriousness of purpose, and their level of commitment to the discipline.
  • Reference Letter:  Students will choose letter writers that will be able to comment on their academic record as well as other experiences or relevant skill sets. 
  • CV/Resume:  Students should probably provide a resume, a copy of their transcripts, as well as a copy of their statement of interest, and other relevant application material.

Application Deadline

Nov 15

Scores Required

90 / 120

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2
Tuition fee$26475$26475
Books and supplies$1695$1695
Total fee$28170$28170

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Housing$ 7,200
Food$ 2,115

Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship $20,000 Yes N/A
Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
VueVille Future Technology Scholarship $1,000 Yes 30 Sep, 2020
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
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VISA & Work Study


  • International applicants who are applying for a Student Visa are required to have TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for entry in Canada.
  • Following are the required documents for Students visa applications:
    • official Letter of Acceptance from the University of Waterloo.
    • Financial Evidence. 
    • Photos meeting Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) specifications.
    • Proof of medical examination
    • Police certificate
    • Biometrics 
    • Country-specific documents
    • Documents requested by the visa office based on individual circumstances

Work Study

  • The work-study program offers part-time, on-campus jobs for full-time students with financial need.
  • Work-study jobs pay minimum wage or higher. Students can earn up to 15,000 USD per term including vacation pay and benefits, and work a maximum of 10 hours per week.

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